Lost a Canine Friend of 7 Years...

Lost a Canine Friend of 7 Years...

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    Lost a Canine Friend of 7 Years...

    Today was an awful day for me and the wife. Our Rhodesian Ridgeback, Grady, was a faithful friend for the last seven years. We recently purchased an Irish Wolfhound pup so he would have a canine friend to share his day.
    Well, we've had the IW pup for about five weeks now, but about two months ago we noticed Grady acting a bit strange in his memory of things, his balance, and over the last couple of weeks (with three vet visits) he completely fell apart.
    The vet was fairly certain of some sort of growth in the brain. He could not hold his head up straight, the facial muscles started sagging, he would get lost in the house, and he lost his appetite.
    For the last week, Grady would only lay and sleep...never got up...ignored any treats whatsoever.
    The new IW pup stayed by his side these last 3 days. This afternoon we took him to the vet and she 'put him to rest'. Those of you with canine friends know how difficult that can be.
    We will certainly miss and never forget the friend who gave us laughs, friendship, protection, and seven years of great memories.
    Today was a tough day!

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    Sorry for your loss.

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    Very sorry for your loss.

    We are involved in rescue and have ended up keeping quite a few over the years. We have also lost quite a few over the years.

    May the following bring you some solace.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Today was an awful day for me and the wife.

    We will certainly miss and never forget the friend who gave us laughs, friendship, protection, and seven years of great memories.
    Today was a tough day!

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    It's been 3 weeks since the wife and I had a similar bad day. We are still grieving. Pets are family. I'm sorry for your loss and for ours.

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    I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.

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    Wow, that is terrible retsupt. Losing 2 great dogs in the last year has to be tough. I dread the day my mutt dog passes. She can find ways to annoy me, but she has been the most faithful dog I have ever owned. So sorry for your loss.
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    You have my deepest sympathy. There is nothing more noble than holding your friend as he leaves this world.
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    That is sad to hear,.. I've lost a couple, I feel your pain,. :-(

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    I wish that I had words to help ease your pain, but there are none. When our dogs pass away it leaves a giant hole in our hearts. However I truly believe that our souls are more complete because they came into our lives.
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    retsupt I'm so sorry to hear this! The loss of one fur kind is hard enough to bear, much less two.
    Prayers and cyber-hugs sent to you and the Mrs and Maggie too.
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    Deepest heart felt condolences go out to you. It's never easy putting a trusted friend done. They give unconditional love and ask only for a kind word, scratch behind the ear and daily food and water. I've seen animals develop neurological problems. The best the vet could tell the wife and I was, it would cost several thousand dollars, and all it would do is determine what exactly the problem was, but with it being neurological it couldn't be fixed. I made the decision to let her go to a better place.

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    Losing a member of the family is never easy.

    "Rhody" is now released from the pain and suffering. That's a good thing.
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    I have had as many as nine German Shepherds at one time. Today, I only have three. I have experienced your pain! It gets better...I promise!

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    Today was an awful day for me and the wife. Our Rhodesian Ridgeback, Grady, was a faithful friend for the last seven years. We recently purchased an Irish Wolfhound pup so he would have a canine friend to share his day.
    Well, we've had the IW pup for about five weeks now, but about two months ago we noticed Grady acting a bit strange in his memory of things, his balance, and over the last couple of weeks (with three vet visits) he completely fell apart.
    The vet was fairly certain of some sort of growth in the brain. He could not hold his head up straight, the facial muscles started sagging, he would get lost in the house, and he lost his appetite.
    For the last week, Grady would only lay and sleep...never got up...ignored any treats whatsoever.
    The new IW pup stayed by his side these last 3 days. This afternoon we took him to the vet and she 'put him to rest'. Those of you with canine friends know how difficult that can be.
    We will certainly miss and never forget the friend who gave us laughs, friendship, protection, and seven years of great memories.
    Today was a tough day!

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    Sorry for your loss. A good dog is a tough one to lose. My friends just recently lost their Rottie to some sort of similar ailment. It all went down hill pretty quick.
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    I'm sorry to hear the news.

    I'm sure he felt loved, surrounded by those he loved all the way to the end.

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